The state government has finally set aside Rs 46 crore for a police training centre at Tasgaon in Sangli, the constituency of RR Patil, the state’s home minister.
The government had given this project its approval seven months ago in April, when the state’s the annual budget was presented. The project could not take off since the government did not have the funds for it.
A government order was issued on Friday announcing that the money had been set aside for the police training centre at Turchi at Tasgaon. The centre will have a training capacity for 500 policemen.
“The funds for the construction, which amounts to Rs 46 crore, have been sanctioned from the police force modernisation project fund and the Police Housing and Welfare Corporation,” the order said.
Construction costs include costs for building a police training school, a hostel, a mess building, an office, a store and bell of arms, staff quarters and operator rooms. The project is expected to be completed in 18 months from the time construction begins.
A separate fund of Rs 2.34 crore has been sanctioned for buying equipment and machinery needed for the training. The centre will be built on a 15,000-square-metre campus. The state has planned it as the first green campus for police training.
The centre will have low energy consumption mechanisms such as recycling of waste water, a windmill, use of solar energy for heating, a bio-gas plant and rainwater harvesting.